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Technically speaking, Bentley already unveiled its Arnage successor at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but the regal British automaker was tight-lipped about any specifics.
Details of the new Mulsanne will be unveiled tomorrow (September 15th) at the Frankfurt Auto Show, where we expect to learn about the impressive fuel-economy improvements Bentley has made with this new model. About all we do know is that the Mulsanne, much like the Arnage, is powered by a 6.75-liter V8. The engine has been reworked almost entirely, however, and we expect this model to be able to run on ethanol as well as gasoline. And of course, the engine’s power output will increase as well.
The design is certainly impressive with a massive front grille with huge circle headlights and lots of chrome.
As for the car’s name, it comes from the same place as the Arnage – France’s famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe race track. On that track the Mulsanne straight is actually two straights, which have been divided up with a chicane so as to limit the overall speed that race cars can achieve. Modern racers have to slow from over 200 mph to 65 mph to run the chicane, before taking to the second-half of the straight.
GALLERY: 2010 Bentley Mulsanne
150 Special Editions offered after model’s 10 year run
After 10 years Bentley has decided to cease production of the regal Arnage. Choosing to go out with a bang rather than a whimper, the British automaker will build 150 “Final Series” models that will make use of the powerful 6.75L twin-turbo V8 engine that will produce 500 hp and 738 ft-lbs of torque. This is enough, says Bentley, to move the 5,700-lb land yacht to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 179 mph.
Inside and out the Arnage Final Series will receive several unique trim options including an 1,100 watt sound system, body colored headlamp bezels, black grilles and 20-inch wheels.
Official press release after the jump: